Theme: Connecting People to Nature
World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest, most globally celebrated day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
Firstly it was celebrated in 1974 to raise awareness on emerging environmental issues from marine pollution and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.
World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change.
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2017 is connecting people to nature.
This year’s theme invites people to think about how they are part of nature and how intimately they depend on it. It challenges people to find fun and exciting ways to experience and cherish this vital relationship.
Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. The focus on the host country helps highlight the environmental challenges it faces, and supports the effort to address them. This year’s host is Canada.
Canada, is giving free entry all year to its national parks. UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Jack Johnson will play a special World Environment Day concert in Toronto on 4 June.
From China to Chile and from Sweden to South Africa everyone is gearing for organizing thousands of events to celebrate Nature and protect it.
Events include beach clean-ups from the Pacific Ocean to the Caspian Sea; tree-planting from all over India to the London training ground of Arsenal FC; hikes and walks in city parks and wildlife refuges from Iran to the Philippines; and monuments from New York’s Empire State Building to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai being bathed in green light.
World Environment Day Anthem
An Earth Anthem penned by poet Abhay K is sung to celebrate World Environment Day.
It was launched in June 2013 on the occasion of the World Environment Day by Kapil Sibal and Shashi Tharoor, then Union Ministers of India, at a function organized by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations in New Delhi.
World Environment Day is a chance to reconnect with nature and celebrate the places that matter most to you. So how will you “connect with nature” on 5 June?